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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (review by Stefan Blitz)

Produced by Kevin Feige
Screenplay by Christopher Markus,
Stephen McFeely

Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth,
Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch,
Chadwick Boseman, Tom Hiddleston,
Tom Holland, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt,
Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Don Cheadle,
Josh Brolin, Paul Bettany, Dave Bautista,
Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Mackie, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel,
Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Letitia Wright,
Winston Duke, Pom Klementieff

 

Let’s be honest, nothing I write will sway you to see or not see Avengers: Infinity War.  Billed as the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far; an event uniting the all of the franchises together and face off against Thanos, I can’t help but think I was hoodwinked.

I can’t fully review the film without revealing some key plot points and story revelations.  That being said, I will, in fact, discuss the fact that what was promised wasn’t particularly what was delivered.

First off, this is not a stand alone film.  In fact, it’s a two and three quarter hour set up to Avengers 4: We’re Not Done Just Yet.  Exactly what they claimed that it wasn’t.

Second, yes, characters die.  Unfortunately, none of those deaths feel final, and worse, there is zero emotional connection to them.

Third, characters are missing.  Two notable characters are missing from the opening sequence, as well as others throughout, with no explanation.

Fourth, this isn’t the big movie we were promised.  As a matter of fact, all of the characters find themselves splintered into smaller groups.  Not only do we not get to see the majority of the cast interact with one another, but also they are unaware of each other’s agendas.

Fifth, don’t trust the trailers.  There are character(s) that we see within several shots (one in every trailer and commercial) that don’t appear as shown.

And finally, the big purple herring: Thanos.

After ten years, his master plan is underwhelming.  Sure, it’s grandiose, but the execution in the film lacks the much needed emotional threat.  Things just kind of happen.  And like the two previous Avengers entries, that includes the heroes fighting off armies of CGI creatures.

Ultimately, for me, the film was startling underwhelming.

Look, if you enjoy these movies (which, I do), it’s hard to imagine that this film could live up to what you want it to be.  The chemistry of the cast (any appearance of The Guardians) and performances (Notably, Brolin, Hemsworth and Pratt) is solid and despite my frustration with this film overall, I don’t feel like it can truly be judged until I see Avengers 4 next year.

 

 

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